Capitol Hill Community Post | New Community Emergency Hub Added to Capitol Hill Neighborhood

Volunteer Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Capitol Hill was recently awarded funds by the Seattle City Council and is now an official Community Emergency Hub. An Emergency Hub is a designated location where people in the community can gather after a major disaster to exchange information and resources. Anyone can get involved, but It does consist of a core group of trained volunteers with additional skills who may collect information on local situations, needs and resources as well as assist in the allocation of resources. Hub volunteers also aid the City of Seattle in encouraging neighbors to be individually and collectively prepared for a disaster.

Because Volunteer Park SDA Church is a brand new Community Emergency Hub, they would like to share this information with the community and invite all who are interested to become volunteers and get involved as they begin the growing process. They anticipate hosting future activities, such as training, drills and meetings and will be linking up with other community hubs in Seattle for support. For more information or to get involved, please email community@volunteerparksda.org.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle Pride Dine OUT: Seattle restaurants committed to LGBTQ respect and safety in the workplace

Training at Due (Image: Allyship)

On Wednesday, September 12th LGBTQ Allyship is kicking-off their first Seattle Pride Dine OUT, a one night only celebration of Seattle restaurants committed to being LGBTQ affirming. Seattle Pride Dine OUT is a collaboration with LGBTQ Allyship and leading Seattle restaurants, bars and cafes who have taken the Talk Gender to Me pledge. The Talk Gender to Me pledge is a commitment from restaurant owners to a professional development training of staff around utilizing gender considerate language and practices in the workplace. In addition, staff are trained around their worker protections, which include a know your rights training for immigrant employees targeted by ICE. Several Seattle establishments who have taken the Talk Gender to Me pledge are participating in Allyship’s first Seattle Pride Dine OUT are: Molly Moons (All day – Capitol Hill, 917 E. Pine Street & Columbia City, 4822 Rainier Avenue South), Due’ Cucina Italiana (5pm to 10pm, 412 Broadway East), El Quetzal (5pm to 8pm, 3211 Beacon Avenue).

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Lawrence Pitre at Gallery 4Culture this September

Lawrence Pitre’s series of narrative paintings We Are One honors the legacy and diversity of Seattle’s Central District from 1840 to the present day. Eschewing traditional perspective in favor of a flattened and abstracted treatment, Pitre depicts the Central District’s history of African American, Chinese, Jewish, and Filipino communities with vibrancy and intensity.

The alarming rate of urban development and its impact on these longstanding communities, especially the African American community, is at the core of the work. We Are One is a statement about racial injustice as much as it is historic interpretation.
The collection highlights prominent figures and iconic places, including former Seattle city councilman Wing Luke; Sister Gregory, Pitre’s aunt who became a nun at the age of 16; the residents and shacks of Hooverville; and the Gang of Four, a group of four men from different cultural backgrounds who formed a powerful political alliance to combat inequity. He paints the faces of all of these figures in a Cubist style, showing several different outlooks and emotions simultaneously.

“Recognizing the continued struggle and lack of representation of communities of color in the arts has led me here, to help reveal our stories and experiences. The idea behind this series is to express how important diversity really is in a community,” Pitre says. “The inclusiveness behind the work is meant to show that we need each other again. We have to come back together and start standing up for our community as a whole.”

Lawrence Pitre was born in Seattle’s Central District. Much like other children growing up, he searched for an identity—and visual art became that mystical vehicle. After receiving his AA degree, Lawrence transferred to the University of Washington’s School of Art, where he began to cultivate his artistic vision under the direction of Jacob Lawrence.

Upon completion of his BFA, followed by years spent in a government career, he decided to again follow his artistic passion and enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts Leadership Program at Seattle University. He graduated in 2017.

Pitre sees his artistic endeavors as a way to depict his own struggles, joys, and love for life. He seeks to understand the process of creativity in the way a theoretical physicist seeks to understand the universe.

The show opens on First Thursday, September 6 from 6-8 pm, and runs through the 27th. Gallery 4 Culture is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and located at 101 Prefontaine Place South, Seattle, WA 98104

Image Credit: Lawrence Pitre. 24th Street Market, 2017. Acrylic on Canvas. 30 x 24 inches.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Central Hills Triangle Collaborative scenes from Collab #3 and what’s next

From Lid I-5

Earlier this month five design teams from the Central Hills Triangle Collaborative (CHTC) presented their near-final concepts for lidding I-5 between Madison Street and Thomas Street. Thank you for joining us!

We were excited by the variety of land use concepts (including affordable homes, acres of new parks, new walking and biking connections, and potential commercial development), the quality of the drawings and renderings, and the deep discussions between designers and the audience. The volunteer ideas developed here will possibly influence the significant amount of official study, community discourse, and design work that still lies ahead. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Man steals pizza delivery car, devours chicken wings before arrest

From the Seattle Police Department

Police arrested a car thief on Capitol Hill early this morning after he stole a pizza delivery driver’s vehicle, ate some chicken wings, and invoked an obscure (some might say non-existent) federal statute in an attempt to street-lawyer his way out of trouble.

Around 1:30 AM Thursday, police were called to the 1400 block of Broadway by the delivery driver, who told officers he had parked his car across the street from his workplace and returned a short time later to find an empty spot where his car had been parked. He told police he had left his keys in the ignition. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Hugo House, Seattle’s hub for writers and readers, opens new home on September 22

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From Hugo House

Hugo House announced a packed calendar of readings, events, and creative writing classes to take place in the literary nonprofit’s new—and permanent—home this fall season.

At the opening celebration on September 22 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., visitors are invited to explore the new Hugo House—10,000 square feet of space designed specifically for writers and readers by internationally renowned architectural firm NBBJ. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Maria Semple, emcee Nancy Guppy, literary experiences and installations by performers and artists, and readings from local literary luminaries popping up in all corners to capture the imagination. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Air quality alert for Puget Sound region due to wildfire smoke

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From Seattle/King County Public Health

This is an air quality alert for August 15, 2018, from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems. Currently, the air quality has reached levels that are UNHEALTHY for everyone in the Puget Sound region. Although we could have some clearing tonight, with so much smoke around it will likely linger through Thursday. The outlook for early next week shows smoke could return. Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website for the most recent conditions.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle JazzED and Capitol Hill Housing to develop a youth performing arts hub and affordable housing in Rainier Valley

(Image: Jim Leavitt/JazzED)

From Capitol Hill Housing

Seattle JazzED, the music education non-profit co-founded in 2010 by Laurie de Koch, Shirish Mulherkar and Garfield High School Band Director Clarence Acox, announced today a joint purchase of land with Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) in the Rainier Valley neighborhood, 2101 22nd Ave S. Seattle JazzED will build a youth performing arts center and music school on the ground floor, and Capitol Hill Housing will develop affordable apartments on the upper five floors.

Amid Seattle’s rapid growth and soaring prices, this partnership will create equitable access to youth empowerment and affordable housing. Furthermore, two like-minded Central District independent schools—Lake Washington Girls Middle School and Giddens School—will co-locate next door. Together, this network will offer more educational opportunities for youth and families of the Rainier Valley and beyond. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle Asian Art Museum expansion ‘topping out’

(Image: Richard Beckerman and Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum)

From the Seattle Art Museum

The last beams are going in place for the steel framework of the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s expansion, located on the east side of the historic building in Volunteer Park. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle restaurants band together to help fight homelessness

From Ethan Stowell Restaurants

On Wednesday, August 8, over 80 local restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, sweet shops, breweries, and bars join forces with Pearl Jam to raise funds to help fight homelessness in King County. The participating establishments will donate 10% of their profits from August 8 to The Home Shows.

Angela Stowell, co-owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, United Way of King County board member, and recently named CEO of FareStart spearheaded the effort.

“The restaurant community is a philanthropic and big hearted group of people,” said Stowell. “Everyone I approached about participating signed on immediately, without hesitation.” Continue reading